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Monday, September 26, 2022

Peace Lily

 Good morning,

Today's blossom is from our indoor garden.  This plant has been here six or more years now and continues to delight us with blossoms from time to time.

The beauty of Mother Nature.

Happy Fall,


Sunday, September 25, 2022

Old Movies

 Good morning,

Yesterday afternoon I was scanning cable channels while on (what I thought would be) a short break from other activities around the house.  

I landed on the King and I and was immediately engrossed in this wonderful old movie.  I ended up watching all of it while knitting.  It's amazing how much knitting and crocheting I get accomplished when there is something really good on TV.

I especially enjoyed the rendition of Uncle Tom's Cabin in the movie.  Author Harriet Beecher Stowe lived in Cincinnati and her home is now a museum.  It is just a few blocks from our home.  

What a small world....


Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Pink Roses

 Good morning,

The Pink Roses are finally in bloom!

 This is the surviving rose bush from about 70 that I had planted just about 35 years ago.  

Each season I hope to see these pretty blossoms again and I was not disappointed this year.

It took all the way until Fall, but, here they are!



Friday, September 23, 2022

Today's Fall Blossom

 Good morning,

The wind was blowing so hard that I had to hold this blossom still to take a picture of it.  We've had the reds and oranges in bloom, now the yellows are opening up to delight us.

It seems the cooler weather arrived just in time for Fall on the calendar.  I just love these cool nights and much cooler days than we had just last week.

Happy Fall!

All the best,


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Doggie Leprechaun Hat Learning Toy

 Good morning,

It's early for St. Patrick's Day, but the pups are enjoying their new learning toy.  Catherine brought this one home two days ago and the pups have been playing with it ever since. 

 This "hat" has a hole in the top and comes with three smaller toys inside so the pups can learn to move the hat around and pull the smaller toys out. The nice part is that the dogs don't chew up the toy, but get the same satisfaction of pulling something out from the inside.  A bonus is the squeaky inside each of the smaller toys.

Of course, we doggie parents spend a lot of time putting the toys back into the hat for them.

This is fun!



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Live Forevers

 Good morning,

We have one clump of what my Mom called "Live Forevers."  The ancestors of this plant came from my son Don's home probably 30 years ago when he was moving flowers in his garden.  I propagated the small clump I received from him and grew rows of them beside my maim walkway.  Then I decided to put something else in their spot so I moved them.

 But, this little clump survived and now, many years later, I am so glad it did.

It is fun to live on the same property for many years and have a history with the plants here.

Within the next couple of weeks, these blossoms will be covered with bees enjoying these late summer flowers.

All the best,


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Sleepy Elsa

 Good morning,

I sat down on the bed to take a phone call and Elsa climbed up next to me.  She put her head on my leg and immediately fell asleep.

Elsa is surely the most cuddly dog we have ever had.  What a pleasure!

She just makes my day.